The Department asked us to recommend answers to four main groups of
questions that related to the setting up of the new Health Boards. These
1. How should the Boards themselves conduct their affairs?
What decisions should they make and what decisions
should they delegate to their officers?
What committees should they have, in addition to
the local committees set up under statute?
The Department did not ask us to .make recommendations on the
other new statutory bodies (the Comhairle na nOspideal, the Regional Hospital
Boards and the local committees), but it was understood that we would have
to consider the Boards' relationships with these bodies, so that we could
define the Boards' own role clearly.
2. What guidelines should. be given concerning officers of the
What should be the CEOs' terms of reference?
What other senior officers should the Boards have,
and should their numbers and functions vary among
large and small Boards?
What criteria should be used for recruiting and
selecting these officers?
3. What local offices would be needed?
Should existing local offices (e. g., at county level)
be kept open?
If so, what functions should these offices have?